Service of celebration and thanksgiving for weavers

THE East and Old Parish Church is to hold a service of celebration and thanksgiving for all those involved in Forfar’s historic textile trade.

This follows on from a very successful weaver drop-in at the kirk last year to begin the 500th anniversary celebrations of the Weaver Incorporation of Dundee.

Weaver Deacon Ron Scrimgeour was delighted when the Rev. Barbara Ann Sweetin suggested this service to build on the success of the week-long drop in where past weavers, tenters, beamers and many other textile trades met informally in the kirk to reminisce and share experiences of working in Forfar’s many mills and factories.

Anyone with an interest in weaving or the textile trade or who have had family working in it are welcome to attend this service.

Rev. Sweetin said: “Coming from the West of Scotland I was aware of the three ‘J’s of the Dundee area. However until I moved to Forfar I did not realise how vast and extensive the flax and jute industry was.

“A visit to the Verdant Works in Dundee set me straight as did the stories from the people of Forfar whom I have met and from the drop in session that our church hosted last year. The weaving industry has a fantastic history and story to tell but also clearly shows the hard work that was carried out in the early years. God has given us all different gifts and talents and anyone connected with the weaving industry definitely had talent in abundance”.

The service of celebration and thanksgiving is to be held in the East and Old on Thursday, October 25, at 7 p.m. and will feature a number of photographs and memorabilia of the bygone age. Provost Helen Oswald and local councillors will attend along with the Deacon Convenor of the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee, local baker Mr Bill McLaren. All those attending are invited to remain behind to talk and meet friends old and new while enjoying light refreshments.